Fashion Police is taking a break following the unexpected departures of hosts Kathy Griffin and Kelly Osbourne. The show had been scheduled to return with a new episode on 31 March, but it will now remain off-air until September. "E!'s comedy series Fashion Police is going on a hiatus and will return in September," the network confirmed in a statement this week. "We look forward to taking this opportunity to refresh the show before the next awards season.
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Fashion Police: Giuliana Rancic, Kathy Griffin, Kelly Osbourne and Brad Goreski
"Our talented co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski, along with executive producer Melissa Rivers, will continue their roles as we evolve the show into its next chapter for the legions of Fashion Police fans around the world." Giuliana has been with the show since it began in 2010, while stylist Brad joined the panel in January, just in time for the 2015 awards season. In its five year history, Fashion Police has never come under more scrutiny than it has in recent months. It all stems from an offensive comment made by Giuliana about Zendaya's red carpet look, which reportedly fuelled both Kelly and Kathy's decision to quit the show. Giuliana caused great controversy when she said that the Disney star, who wore dreadlocks, looked like she "smells like patchouli or weed". In the same week that she announced her departure from Fashion Police, Kathy told a Chicago newspaper, "I wouldn't have said the joke in the first place", and added that Giuliana shouldn't have anyone write jokes for her. Giuliana has "enough great insider gossip from actually being on the red carpet," Kathy added. "That's what fans want to hear the next day. Just talk and be yourself." Kathy decided to leave the show after just seven episodes, stating that she didn't think her style was the right fit for the format. "I was being forced to comment about pictures of beautiful woman in perfect dresses and say kind of bad things," she later said during an interview on The View. "As a feminist and a comic, it just didn't feel like the right fit for me."